A Promise That Can't Be Kept

A Promise That Can't Be Kept is an anime episode of Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic that was released on 11/25/2012
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After they captured the dungeon, Aladdin and Alibaba had promised they would "see the world together.” But Alibaba is now the leader of the Fog Troop, and callously brushes Aladdin away. Unable to bear Alibaba's behavior, Morgiana is about to take action.
— Crunchyroll

Plot Summary

Morgiana is about to pounce on Alibaba
Morgiana is about to pounce on Alibaba

Alibaba asks Aladdin to put away Ugo, but Jafar tries to tell Aladdin not to do it. Yet, Aladdin complies, and as he chats with Alibaba about the good times, Alibaba apologizes to Aladdin that he cannot keep that promise. Alibaba's Fog Troupe walks past Aladdin, and when the military appears, Alibaba summons Amon's fiery powers. Next day, Sinbad meets up with Jafar's group, and meanwhile, the Nando brothers asks Alibaba to join his group. Alibaba informs about his rules of helping the people in the slums and not killing the innocent. Kassim asks Alibaba to think of the children and to fight by his side. Alibaba enters his room only to get spooked by someone. As he lays on the bed, he spots Morgiana hanging from the ceiling. Moments later, Morgiana asks Alibaba to explain himself since Aladdin has come so far to see him. She reminds him that he has been searching for Aladdin for six months. When Alibaba refuses to comply, Morgiana kidnaps Alibaba and jumps from roof to roof towards Aladdin's location. In the bushes, the leader of the Nando brothers talk about their plans. At the hotel, Jafar talks about the Kou Empire and their use of paper bills. In Aladdin's room, as he stares out in space, Morgiana throws Alibaba through the window. She reminds Alibaba about the effects of the Fog Troupe which is holding up trade and causing slave trades. Aladdin states that he does not believe Alibaba is evil, and he asks Alibaba why he joined the Fog Troupe.

Alibaba and Anise
Alibaba and Anise

As Alibaba explains his origin story about him and Kassim, the two play a game in the slums of Balbadd. Despite that the two young boys fight a lot, the two are close. After Kassim's father abuse Kassim and Mariam, Anise takes in Kassim and his little sister in, they have a wonderful life. Then one day, Anise has pass away, and Alibaba and his crew work hard to make ends meet. Alibaba notices Kassim has been acting strange when Kassim remarks that he wish he can do good things like Alibaba and Anise. Out of the blue, Rashid Saluja (Balbadd's King) finds Alibaba and informs him about his true birthrights since Alibaba is the illegitimate son. When Alibaba breaks the news to Kassim, Kassim makes a comment that results in the two friends breaking out in a fight.

After Alibaba grows up at the castle, he comes back to the slums to find the town gone. Though, he encounters Kassim, and the two reunite and hang out for old times' sake. When Kassim asks Alibaba how he escaped from the castle, Alibaba explains he has dug tunnels. Alibaba apologizes to Kassim for beating him up that day. By the king's side, the ill king tells Alibaba that he wants him to rule the country since he's more capable than Ahbmad who is lazy and does other countries' bidding. Alibaba asks his father if he loved his mother, and the king states he has loved her. When some noise is heard, Alibaba finds Kassim robbing the treasury. Alibaba states that Kassim has used his tunnels to get into the castle. Back at the Fog Troupe's hideout, Kassim assembles his men to take back Alibaba.

Points of Interest


The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.

Kassim: "I've got the blood of my dad in my veins, so I'm a scoundrel, through-and-through. But you're different. I want... I want you to live straight and true like your mom."
— Kassim to Alibaba (flashback)

Manga & Anime Differences

  • The anime tones down the violence when Kassim's father beats Kassim and Mariam. Blood is reveal less, and the impact of the hit is lessen.
  • Harlots: The manga has a scene that the anime did not animate, harlots in the slums.


  • Japanese Name: "Sono na ha Shindobaddo" (その名はシンドバッド)
  • Manga Chapter: 35-39 (Volume 4-5)
  • Opening Theme: "V.I.P." by SID
  • Ending Theme: "Yubi Bōenkyō" by Nogizaka46

Characters & Voice Actors

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Aladdin ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kaori Ishihara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ugo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Toshiyuki Morikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Patrick Seitz ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Alibaba Saluja ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kashim ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Jun Fukuyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Zaynab ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akeno Watanabe ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hassan ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Teruyuki Tanzawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jafar ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takahiro Sakurai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sinbad ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Ono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Morgiana ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Cristina Valenzuela ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Haruka Tomatsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
L Nando ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kohei Fukuhara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
M Nando ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
S Nando ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomoyuki Shimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Anise Saluja ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ahbmad Saluja ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kouki Miyata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sahbmad Saluja ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hirofumi Nojima ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rashid Saluja ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroshi Tsuchida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mariam ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Aki Nakajima ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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